You need to be able to play or sing your stuff well. That doesn’t mean you need to be a virtuoso, but you do need to be able to do your material justice. And that means you need to practice.
Here are 2 killer advantages to being well-rehearsed.
More brain-space for musicality
Research shows that multi-tasking stresses us out. And music is a highly multithreaded operation. We have to play in time, in tune and with emotional connection – it’s a whole-brain experience.
And that means, the more we can make the mechanics of playing like riding a bike – virtually unconscious – the more space that leaves us for the important bit – the emotion and musicality
More brain-space for for confidence
There’s nothing worse than a hesitant, tentative performance – and there’s nothing better than confidence and assurance. The weakest material can bring the house down when performed with power and conviction – I’m sure you can think of an example or two : )
And following on from the previous point, that same part of the brain that handles multi-tasking is also the part that can calm our nerves when we’re nervous or stressed – like, when we suddenly put a microphone in front of oursleves, and every tiny flaw in our performance is analysed in microscopic detail, just for example.
The solution ? Practice. The less our brains are thinking about the mechanics of performance, the more energy we can devote to playing and singing with confidence and conviction.
If worshipers leave a [worship gathering] with no thought of becoming more godly in their lives, then the purpose of worship has not been achieved. If they walk away from [a time of worship] without a conviction that they need to conform their lives to Holy Scripture, even if it means changing their lifestyle, then worship has been perverted somehow… The clear teaching of Scripture is that genuine worship is life changing
– Allen Ross
If you believe that worship is life changing then pray for it, plan / prepare for it, and expect it.
Here’s a list of rules for worship leaders and musicians…
1. Come PREPARED!
This is rehearsal, not practice. Practice at home on your own, and come knowing the material inside and out.
2. Have fun.
Your team is your family, so smile and laugh with them.
Giving God your best as a musician is good stewardship and an act of worship. Also, allow God to move in you as you go through the set.
4. Be excellent.
Excellent rehearsal makes for an excellent worship gathering. So stay focused and give 100%.
5. Ask questions.
If a part is difficult for you, or you need some help/direction, ASK! Your team will appreciate it.
6. Be professional.
Have your gear ready to go with any kinks worked out. Don’t play unless the band is running a song, you have been asked to play, or unless you ask for a minute to work a part by yourself. Nothing screams “I’m not prepared” or “I’m an amateur” like wailing away on your instrument during down times.
7. When you are done setting up / tearing down your gear, help a teammate.
Here’s my current list… what would you add?